New CHW Graduates Begin Serving Their Communities, Assisting Others to Adopt Healthy Behaviors

By on October 16, 2018
Community Health Worker Graduates

On October 8, 2018, eleven students attended a graduation ceremony to celebrate their successful completion of the Community Health Worker training program at the William J. Harrison Education Center. Surrounded by family, friends, employers and service learning partners, the students celebrated their accomplishments in this 10-week accelerated training program. Two students, June Green and Tamara Spain, shared their experience in the program cited the newly designated core competencies in Missouri of advocacy, empowerment, self-awareness, cultural responsiveness, and community capacity building as life-long take-a-ways from the program. Students plan to apply these competencies and more as they begin serving their communities in organizations such as BJC-Healthy Kids Express, Jefferson County Public Health, Integrated Health Network, Americorp Vista, St. Louis Oasis, and Mission St. Louis.

Community health workers (CHWs) are trusted members of the community they serve who assist individuals and communities to adopt healthy behaviors. The care they provide improves health outcomes for individuals and communities while building capacity and self-sufficiency. This 10-week non-credit training program combines classroom instruction with service learning within the community. The service learning experience provides individuals with the opportunity to learn and participate in resource gathering, networking and outreach, and job shadowing. Students have a hand in designing their experiences based on their interests, neighborhood, and the area of learning they want to focus on. CHWs may work in settings such as community health care centers, community based organizations, health outreach, patient navigation systems, healthcare systems, and health advocate or health education arenas.

Classes are forming now for January 2019. Please visit stlcc.edu/CHW for more information.

October 2018 Community Health Worker Graduates

Graduation photo (back row from left to right): Neo Mokoena, Morgan Fauth, Brigette Nizeyimana, June Green, Antonio Lunceford, Patricia Brown, Danielle Nygaard.
(front row from left to right): Tamara Spain, Carnadria Smith, Cheron Phillips, Glenda Williams.

About Laurie Hawkins

Laurie Hawkins is the Community Health Worker Program Coordinator/Career Pathway Coach for Workforce Solutions Group at St. Louis Community College.

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